I elected to miss Dreamstate Socal last year to spend time with family, but I figured I'd give it a try this year.
I was totally not going to be driving to or from LA during thanksgiving. Flying southwest to a nearby Ontario airport was actually a decent option, but I elected to fly my own butt there and fly directly to San Bernandino's now defunct military airport, which therefore has a very nice long runway as well as a great FBO (folks in charge of transient traffic, parking and refueling).
From San Bernandino's airport, it was a short lyft ride to the crappy hotel I ended up at but was walking distance to the venue (I figured it would be better to avoid driving and parking issues even if in the end it wouldn't have been too much a problem).
I got a VIP ticket, so getting in wasn't too bad. I did get a puzzled security person when he saw all my electronics to run my shirt and pants, but in the end, he let me in nonetheless. The main issue was the poor information on where around the (big) block, the entrance was located. The first night, a lot of people (myself included) walked around for 15mn around in search of the entrance.
my shirt and pants worked fine those 2 days
Once in, they did a good job with the stages, albeit they were a bit small compared to the number of tickets sold. Even with a VIP ticket, I just couldn't get in an enclosed stage with limited capacity on the 2nd day.
The Lineup was solid...
the VIP area had a nice light tree
I think I fit right at home, there :)
they tried to sell me a new pair, but I was already equipped :)
DJ Tech equipment:
Pictures with people:
thankfully I wasn't the only person lit up, I found some 'colleagues' :)
Day #1 DJs:
Hi Armin! :)
hard to get pictures where you can actually see them :)
PvD was there to finish the night
almost rare to see him smile like this :)
Day #1 Video highlights:
After a good first night, I walked back to my crappy hotel (really motel quality) for some well deserved sleep and rest. I then came back the next day around 18:00 for round two:
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